Sony CEO Michael Lynton sent a company-wide memo to staff on Monday assuring the studio is doing everything it can to protect employees after a series of cyber attacks that revealed their personal information, including Social Security Numbers and addresses.
Lynton, whose $US3 million salary was revealed in one of the leaks by hackers, promises staffers the FBI “have dedicated their senior staff to this global investigation” and that “recognised experts are working on this matter and looking out for our security.”
To reassure employees, the FBI will be visiting Sony’s Culver City studio lot this Wednesday for employee cybersecurity awareness briefings. Additionally, the company will hold an “All Hands” meeting on Friday.
On Monday, a group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” posted a new message online demanding Sony not release “The Interview,” a buddy comedy about two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The Pyongyang government denounced the film as “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war” in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June.
Ahead of the film’s December 25th release, Sony has experienced a series of scary cyber attacks.
Read Lynton’s full memo below (via Deadline):
Over the weekend, you should have received my note sharing cyber
security expert Kevin Mandia’s thoughts on this unprecedented and
highly sophisticated attack on us. I know it is unsettling that we
have been the target of such an attack, but I want to assure you all
that we have the recognised experts working on this matter and looking
out for our security.
As you know, the FBI is the lead government agency investigating the
cyber-attack on SPE. They have dedicated their senior staff to this
This morning, our senior leadership team met with the lead
investigators, who will keep Sony management informed. In the next day
or so, your leadership teams will be arranging in-person meetings
where they will share the latest developments. Please use this
opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns you have.
Additionally, the FBI will be on-hand on Wednesday, December 10, in
Culver City for employee cybersecurity awareness briefings. Details on
these sessions will be forthcoming.
Furthermore, should you have any relevant information related to the
investigation, or if you think you may be the victim of an additional
personal cybercrime that is related to this attack, the FBI has
established a dedicated email that you can contact:
Finally, on Friday, we will have an “All Hands” meeting on the Lot in
order to brief everyone. For those of you not in Culver City, we will
make a video of the meeting available to all employees. Details for
the “All Hands” meeting will be forthcoming.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and resourcefulness at this
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